Shin-Koiwa : Itto is one of most popular tsukemen in Tokyo (麺屋 一燈)

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Rich soup and thick noodles.

We went to the ramen shop named Menya Itto that serve one of the most popular tsukemen in Tokyo.
Maybe everyone who like yummy foods in Tokyo know their name !

It takes about 5 minutes walk from Shin-Koiwa station.
Shin-Koiwa station is 4 stations away from Tokyo station by JR Sobu line.
Though it’s inside Tokyo, it’s around the boundary line between Tokyo and Chiba.

By the way, though there’s nothing to do with tsukemen, Shin-koiwa station is popular suicides spots in Tokyo…
So, trains are often delayed because of accidents.

We got to the shop just past 2:30 p.m. But there were still 50 or more people waiting, not only in front of the shop but also along parking lot across the road.
Anyway we followed the end of the waiting line along the parking lot, but we hesitated to keep waiting such a long time. As soon as we followed the line, the staff came to us and he put it just after us.

Signboard, Menya Ittou (Shin-koiwa)


“Sold out”

That’s our fate !
There’s no choice but keep waiting !
I thought so 🙂

We were at a loss how many hours do we had to wait. Two hours ? or more ?
But fortunately, we waited for about an hour.
Finally we could be in front of the door.

Appearance, Menya Ittou (Shin-koiwa)


Though their business hours is until 3 p.m. at lunchtime, it was already near 4 p.m. But they didn’t hurry us.
But I felt uneasy all the same. Because I always take much time to eat and I was the last guest.

Itto use 5 species of flour and cook 3 types of noodles. For ramen, for tsukemen and for limited one.
Ticket vending machine is inside the door and the staff asked as to buy our ticket while waiting at the seats in front of the shop.

I ordered a special ramen with thick fish-based soup (特製濃厚魚介らーめん, 900 yen)
Of course, their tsukemen is popular, this ramen have high reputation, too.

Special Ramen with thick fish soup, Menya Ittou (Shin-koiwa)


Those roast pork and roast chicken was so juicy and tasty. Also this half-boiled ajitama (Boiled egg soaked in soy sauce) was good.
And I like narrow noodles like this

Noodles, Menya Ittou (Shin-koiwa)


And dessert after the meal was only for women. Sorbet.

Sorbet for women only, Menya Ittou (Shin-koiwa)


I could refresh my oily mouth thanks by this sorbet

My friend ordered this.
special tsukemen with thick fish-based soup (特製濃厚魚介つけめん, 950 yen)
Person who order large helping of tsukemen can have second helping of soup free of charge.
It was better than expected.

Special tsukemen with thick fish soup, Menya Ittou (Shin-koiwa)


But I don’t like tsukemen because soup is lukewarm or get cold soon.
Of course, Atsumori (Hot noodles) could be ordered at this shop, too.
So, I want to order “Atsumori” tsukekemn next time.

Itto group is now expanding around Koiwa station.
Though this Menya Ittou have the highest reputation and so large number of people visit, another shops like Tsukemen Itto (つけ麺 一燈) and Toro (燈郎) have much people visitng, too.

About Menya Itto (麺屋 一燈)

Address / 1-4-17 Higashi-Shin-Koiwa, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Station / Sugamo station (JR, Toei subway)
Open / 11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00 (until ingredients out)
Closed / No scheduled
Website /

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  1. Hi Ryoko, the tsukemen looks really gd! Have u tried Gonokamiseisakujo in Shinjuku? We loved their tsukemen… Very thick tomato prawn base!

    • Ryoko says:

      I haven’t eaten at Gonokamiseisakujo yet. But I’m very interested in their tsukemen. Prawn base soup is very attract me ! I want to try it as soon as possible !

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